Mainly from the scriptures that say to sing or speak to each other. If they weren't there, then I would say that we have the liberty to do as we see fit. Also, from early church writings they did not use instruments which would indicate that they saw it the same way. The Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches split over that issue as well. If the scripture had said to sing and play or strum or pluck then the instrument would be included. It is interesting to note that there is no musical scale for the Jewish Culture, so I don't know how sophisticated their playing was at that time. Also, even in the Jewish Culture they did not play instruments in the temple, which is what we are under Christ. Because of this I am not willing to risk my salvation on a maybe that instruments are OK.sojourner said:Of course I see what you mean.
My point is this: You say Christ told us to "go," but didn't specify how, leaving that to our best discretion. How do you think that logic is different for being told to worship, but not particularly being told how?
Again, I'm not dissing your practice. It's beautiful. I have a great deal of respect for C of C. In my own tradition, we take seriously the Psalms, where it says to praise God in God's sanctuary with timbrel, lute, harp, trumpet, cymbals, strings and pipe.
I don't see how the Church justifies that NT silence on the use of instruments constitutes a commandment not to use them. Why is the use of instruments not seen as an expediency, in that case, much like wearing clothes in the rite of baptism?